I got an email the other day mentioning a website called Opposing Views. The fellow who wrote works for them, and thought that we’d be interested in their debate on whether low carb diets are healthy.
I’ll be honest: I’m a few weeks away from five years living low carb, and I can’t imagine living any other way. Make no mistake – I do cheat, but never so much that I find myself back on the Road to Fatville.
The ‘debate’ bores me, quite frankly, but some of you might still be on the fence regarding this, and be interested for that reason.
But there’s another reason why I’m posting about these folks: I’m encouraged that there just might be interest in a site that tolerates opposing views. I am sick sick sick sick SICK of people who have no space in their thinking for people who don’t agree with them.
Opposing views don’t deserve a smack-down – they deserve a listen. Even if you disagree, you should see beyond the viewpoint and ask yourself: why might this person believe so strongly in their position?
That, my friend, is empathy – respect for the other fellow or gal, and the genesis of real intellectual discourse where we all seek the truth rather than just strive to be right.
[putting his soap-box away, our blogger goes back to his regular schedule.]